Creating a Winning CV Format
The recruiter doesn't usually have time to read every word of every CV - so make sure that what they read of yours makes them want to read the rest of it.
- The general guidelines for producing a good-looking CV are simple.
- An overall look that grabs the attention and says 'LOOK AT ME!'
- A good layout that is clear and creates the best possible impression.
- Using the right format for the CV - chronological or functional.
- Interesting to look at.
- Worded using active descriptions.
- Accurately checked so there are no mistakes or 'typos'.
- A clear statement that leaves the reader in no doubt that you can actually do the job you are applying for.
- Covert references to the job description or advertisement - quoting words and phrases to reemphasise that you fit their need.
The Right Layout and the Right Format
- If printed, use good paper in white or cream. For the best impression, use quality, heavyweight paper - most stationers can advise.
- Don't make the CV look cramped - keep a reasonable amount of white space and borders.
- Make it easy to read.
- There are two main CV formats: chronological (your career history in date order) and functional (by skills or experience).
Make your Curriculum Vitae visually Interesting
- Emphasise with bullet points, italic, bold text and capitals.
- Liven the CV up, but don't go overboard. Later you will see that CVs which are not going to be printed on paper, but sent electronically, need to be done without all these devices.
- Avoid gimmicks like coloured paper, text, snazzy envelopes and photographs.